Planar Brings Simplicity and Style to Digital Signage

  Planar Brings Simplicity and Style to Digital Signage

       The new Planar Simplicity Series incorporates media playing and
commercial-grade features into a sleek and affordable digital signage solution

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- September 17, 2013

Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in digital display
technology, today introduced the Planar® Simplicity™ Series line of large
format LCD displays, offering a simple and stylish digital signage display
solution at an affordable price.

Planar Simplicity Series full-featured digital signage displays combine a
slim, professional design with content playback capabilities and a full range
of commercial features. With built-in media playing, these displays lower the
cost and complexity of deploying digital signage by eliminating the need for
additional hardware. Planar Simplicity Series displays are easy to install and
allow users to create and display content using tools they already
have—including videos, photography from cell phone cameras, stock photos and
music libraries. The displays are ideal for use in retail stores, restaurants,
medical offices, corporate meeting areas, museums and hospitality settings.

The symmetrical and logo-free bezel on the Planar Simplicity Series offers a
uniquely elegant form factor. Designed for digital signage applications in
either landscape or portrait orientation, there is no distracting logo or
uneven side bezel, which can look awkward, especially in portrait orientation.
At a depth of less than 1.7”, Planar Simplicity Series displays are compliant
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“The Planar Simplicity Series tackles the barriers that prevent businesses
from deploying digital signage by making it easy and affordable to deploy a
digital signage system,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at
Planar Systems. “It’s a sleek, commercial-quality display that will hold the
attention of any viewing audience.”

Digital Signage Made Easy and Affordable

The Planar Simplicity Series offers the following benefits:

  *Low total cost of ownership: Planar Simplicity Series displays include USB
    playback with scheduling, LAN and mobile device content distribution,
    built-in speakers and a Kensington security slot for worry-free
    installation. It eliminates the need for third-party hardware. With prices
    starting at $595, the Planar Simplicity Series extends the benefits of
    digital signage to a wider range of organizations, including those with
    limited budgets.
  *Simple installation: Planar Simplicity Series displays are easy to install
    and use for entrants into digital signage, while robust enough for more
    advanced installations. Users needing to install multiple displays can
    push content from one computer to several individual displays, resulting
    in instant updates to content without the cost of multiple media players.
  *Sleek design: Planar Simplicity Series displays feature an elegant, slim
    design—less than 1.7” deep. The narrow, symmetrical bezel offers the
    flexibility to display content in both landscape and portrait modes. In
    addition, as is the case with Planar’s full line of flat panel LCDs for
    digital signage, no distracting logos on the bezels keep focus on the
    display’s content.
  *High versatility: The media playing capabilities of the Planar Simplicity
    Series support playback of a variety of formats including video, audio and
    images. The comprehensive set of inputs and external controls include
    HDMI, VGA, DVI, Component Video, RS-232, Ethernet (RJ-45) and IR Remote
  *Superior image quality and reliability: Planar Simplicity Series displays
    offer full HD 1080p resolution and are backed by Planar’s CustomerFirst™
    3-Year Warranty.
  *Industry-leading energy efficiency: Planar Simplicity Series displays
    incorporate advanced power management, resulting in 30 percent less power
    consumption than the industry average for LED backlit displays.

The Planar Simplicity Series is available now in 32” and 42” sizes through
Planar’s global network of authorized resellers. Additional sizes will be
available in early 2014. For additional information, visit

About Planar

Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital
signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding
environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies,
businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all
depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of
the highest importance. Planar video walls, large format LCD displays,
interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the
world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to
simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization.
Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices,
manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit

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Media Contact:
Blu Print Public Relations
Kami Toufar, 503-799-3724
Investor Contact:
Planar Systems, Inc.
Ryan Gray, 503-748-8911
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